Unprotected sex—it happens. Whether it is because of a failure of birth control or, oops, birth control was totally overlooked, emergency contraception (sometimes called the “morning after pill”) can help prevent a pregnancy if taken within 120 hours of unprotected sex. However, it is more effective if taken as soon as possible. According to WebMd, if taken within 24 hours the morning after pill can be up to 95% effective in preventing pregnancy. Those are good odds!
What are the side effects? It’s great to know that it will more than likely help protect you from pregnancy, but at what cost to your body? Like any medication, Plan B could have side effects for some woman; everybody is different. According to the website, this could include:
- A period that is lighter, heavier, early, or late
- Abdominal cramping
- Breast tenderness
Taking the morning after pill will not affect your ability to become pregnant as soon as your next menstrual cycle. If you do not wish to become pregnant, call Northland Family Planning to set-up an appointment with our Certified Nurse Midwife to discuss what birth control option would be best for your lifestyle. We can help!